Booktalk: Professor Gargoyle (Tales From Lovecraft Middle School #1) by Charles Gilman

Truth be told, I first picked up Professor Gargoyle because I’m a big fan of HP Lovecraft, and I was interested in reading a children’s book written by a fellow Lovecraft fan.  Then I picked up the book and was worried because it looked kind of … gimmicky.  Yes, the animated cover that goes back and forth between a normal looking teacher and a hideous monster when you tilt the book is COOL and all.  But I was worried because I thought that the book might rely too much on the cover for sales and the story might not live up to the hype.  Luckily, the story was engaging, a little scary, and a lot of fun.  This will be a good series for fans of the Goosebumps series, for reluctant readers, and for grownups who would like to add some Lovecraftian influence to the younger generation.  Visit the Lovecraft Middle School website to learn more about the series, about HP Lovecraft, and about the secret identity of Charles Gilman!


Robert is having a tough time at Lovecraft Middle School.  All of his old friends are now going to Franklin Middle School, and he doesn’t know anyone at this new school … except for Glenn.  The bully who’s been tormenting Robert for years.  On their very first day at Lovecraft, Glenn throws chewed-up gummy worms in Robert’s hair AND demands money from him.  Just like old times.  And that was during the school’s welcome ceremony.  Robert hadn’t even set foot in the school yet!

When he went inside to find his locker, Robert got another unpleasant surprise.  He opened his locker, looked inside, and sitting on the top shelf staring at him was a large … white … rat.  And suddenly there was a lot of screaming going on all around him.  Because there wasn’t just a rat in Robert’s locker.  There was a rat in EVERY locker.  And all at once, dozens and dozens of rats came leaping out of the lockers, running down the hallway, and stampeding through the door of the school.

But believe it or not, that wasn’t the weirdest part of Robert’s first day at Lovecraft Middle School.

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